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Audra-McDonald

Audra McDonald recently made history by racking up yet another Tony Award win.  But as a college student, McDonald struggled with mental health issues that led to a suicide attempt.

In a recent interview with ABC’s “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” the singer spoke about her battle wth depression which led to the suicide attempt.

“When I was at Juilliard, I had a suicide attempt. I tried to slit my wrist,” the six-time Tony winner revealed, but she was able to find help from her school.

“When someone is suicidal, one of the first things you have to do is to protect them from themselves,” she explained. “[Juilliard] had a mental health facilitator there, a therapist there and they checked me into a mental health hospital where I was for a month and got me the help I needed.”

McDonald went on to say that antidepressants helped her in her recovery, as did the professional opportunities that followed after her hospitalization.


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Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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